LOGBOOK OF THE WORLD NOW EASIER THAN EVER

In order to better accommodate new users as well as existing account
holders, ARRL's Logbook of The World (LoTW) has been updated
<http://www.arrl.org/lotw/>. According to ARRL Membership and Volunteer
Programs Assistant Manager Norm Fusaro, W3IZ, these improvements were
made based LoTW help questions and listening to users.

"Through the efforts of Membership and Volunteer Services Manager Dave
Patton, NN1N, and Information Technology Manager Jon Bloom, KE3Z, we
have also added an automated results table on the LoTW Users Home Page
that lists members in numeric order who have achieved the Triple Play
Award," said ARRL Chief Operating Officer Harold Kramer, WJ1B. "IT
personnel have also fixed a number of longstanding issues with Logbook
in recent weeks, and some additional enhancements are underway."

Added enhancements include:
* An LoTW User's Corner that includes quick links to log onto your
account, save or renew a certificate and ways to address PC failure.
* The GET STARTED section <http://www.arrl.org/lotw/start.html> has been
simplified with links for each of the four steps in the certificate
process.
* LoTW instructions are now available in nine languages: English, Dutch,
French, German, Italian, Russian, Slovenian and Spanish. Options to
select a language have always been available, but they have now been
moved up front to the GET STARTED page. The languages are identified
with icons of flags to represent each language.
* The GET STARTED pdf file has been updated to include new screenshots
and refinement of some of the processes.
* The software download section now consists of only three icons
representing the three operating systems for which software is
available: Windows, Mac and Linux. The user simply selects their
operating system and they are redirected to the download specific to
their system.
* A new link has been added for QSL Manager, Club Calls and DXpeditions.
This link gives details on establishing an account for these special
operations and includes a section for 1x1 call signs.
* A new PowerPoint overview is available from the LoTW site. This
presentation has also been added to our multimedia library
<http://www.arrl.org/multimedia>. The program is an overview of LoTW and
what users can expect from the service. There are screenshots of LoTW
pages, as well as a condensed version of the certificate and award
application process.

With more than 200 million QSOs submitted, ARRL's Logbook of The World
system is a repository of log records submitted by users from around the
world <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/01/22/10576/?nc=1>. When
both participants in a QSO submit matching QSO records to LoTW, the
result is a QSL that can be used for ARRL award credit. Yaesu is the
principal sponsor of the LoTW Web site
<http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2008/06/02/10138/>.